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DEA Was Dragnet Spying on Billions of American Phone Calls for Decades 

Indiscriminate spying was the DEA’s blunt force weapon of choice in its “War on Drugs.” The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Justice Department tracked billions of Americans’ phone calls, even people not suspected of crimes, for decades—and it looks like collateral damage wasn’t much of a concern. » 4/08/15 10:20am 4/08/15 10:20am

Obama's Latest NSA "Reform" Is Predictably Weak

If this is NSA reform, it's pretty pitiful. The Obama administration will announce new rules today that will force the intelligence agency to delete data about Americans that was "incidentally" collected—basically, accidentally scooped up in an overly broad search query. As of now, the government collects and stores… » 2/03/15 11:40am 2/03/15 11:40am

The Android Apps That Collect the Most Data on You

Apps often need permission to access other stuff on your phone to work. What is less obvious is the breadth of information collected, and why it gets scooped up. Vocativ put together a list of common permissions from popular Android apps, calling it a "barometer of what app makers think they can get away with." » 12/30/14 12:05pm 12/30/14 12:05pm

Confirmed: Court "Oversight" of NSA Surveillance Is a Total Joke

Although there's been some debate on the legality of the mounds of data collected by NSA analysts during the PRISM program, House Intelligence Committee officials have confirmed that they're totally free to rifle through your data without a court order. As long as they think they might have a reason to be… » 6/18/13 12:14pm 6/18/13 12:14pm